(A) The state program shall provide the professional development required in rule 173-14-04 of the Administrative Code to all ombudsman program directors and to those ombudsman specialists who are paid staff of the office or volunteer staff of the state program, and may provide professional development for regional program volunteers seeking specialist certification and others at the request of the regional program.
(B) The regional programs shall provide, at their own expense, the professional development required in rule 173-14-04 of the Administrative Code to the ombudsman associates working for their respective programs.
(C) All professional development conducted under this rule shall be based upon a curriculum approved by the SLTCO.
(D) The SLTCO may give credit for any part of professional development. Any application for approval of credit shall demonstrate that the candidate has previously received the required training or has experience or knowledge in a content area.
All requests for credit shall come from the applicant's ombudsman program director if the applicant is a representative from a regional program or from the applicant if the applicant is a representative of the state program. All requests for credit shall include documentation of the training or experience described in the application. The SLTCO shall notify the applicant of the SLTCO's decision as soon as practicable.